Smarts Farm: Butterflies & Camels

On July 19, Humane Smarts hosted Butterflies & Camels—A Festival for All at SMARTS Farm. The event featured all kinds of family-friendly activities, including hayrides, camels, a petting zoo, Chuck Wagon and craft beer for adults, plus much more!

“Butterflies and Camels” was a great opportunity for the San Diego community to get know the folks and programs at SMARTS Farm. Created in 2013 when the local nonprofit Humane Smarts transformed a vacant lot into a thriving garden, SMARTS Farm focuses on education, nutrition, creativity, self-sufficiency, and the understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

At SMARTS Farm, young people are introduced to all kinds of living things—from beneficial bugs to friendly farm animals—and learn to plant, harvest, cook, and eat a range of healthy, delicious foods. In our first year of operation, nearly 300 underserved children participated in our programs, including photography, judo, art and puppet creation, and after-school coaching from Kahn Academy and IXL.

In addition, nearly 50 community gardeners—including local researchers, police officers, members of the military, and East Village neighbors—lease planter boxes at SMARTS Farm, creating wonderful opportunities for interaction with our youth and encouraging community revitalization.

More About SMARTS Farm:

Created in 2013 by local nonprofit organization, Humane Smarts, SMARTS Farm is a community garden and education center where children are exposed to lots of animals and where they learn how to plant, harvest, cook and eat a range of healthy, delicious foods. SMARTS Farm is focused on education, nutrition, creativity, self-sufficiency and understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Nearly 50 community gardeners, including local researchers, police officers, members of the military and East Village neighbors currently lease planter boxes at SMARTS Farm.

SMARTS Farm was created by Humane Smarts’ Susan Madden Lankford, a respected local social activist and award-winning photographer, filmmaker and author of books on juvenile justice, female incarceration and homelessness. In SMARTS Farm's first year of operation, more than 220 mostly disadvantaged children participated in its programs, including photography, art and puppet creation classes and after school coaching from Kahn Academy and IXL. One popular program, PhotoSmarts, is operated jointly with the local Museum of Outdoor Photographic Art.